[QUOTE=Charlotte Welch]Hello Everyone,
I've been reading your questions and answers for about two weeks now. Great chat room
. I am having a 2-Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion surgery on my L-4 L-5, L-5 S-1 on December 10th. Scared!!!
This chat room has helped me so much in getting prepared but there are a few questions that I hope some of you will answer.
It sounds like the worst are the time in the hospital and the 1st few weeks afterwards. I've been taking Vicodin 500 mg since January and they're like taking aspirin to me.
1) On a scale of 1-10+, how severe is the pain these first two weeks?
2) What pain relievers would you recommend for these few weeks and after that (if any are needed)... Hopefully not.
Hey, if I'm going to go through the surgery, the pain afterward, the swelling, rehabilitation, physical therapy, etc, etc... I want some good drugs.
Appreciate any replies,
in Houston, Tx[/QUOTE]
There is nothing to be afraid of but also had all of the knowledge going in. The pain differs between people and I believe it is based alot on your previous experiences with surgery and pain. Unfortunately I have a high pain tolerance due to many surgeries and various pain. I had a fusion due to 3 fractures in my spine along with a slipped vertebrae. I was out of the hospital in three days and only used vicodin 1 every 4 hours for the pain. At times my pain definately was unbearable but I continued to do my walking everyday no matter what.
I am 6 weeks post op and doing rather well. I am driving and doing some christmas shopping although the more activity I do the more pain. Do not expect a fast recovery it reallly takes awhile.
Good luck and again learn all you can before the surgery so you know what to expect.